Situated at the northern end of Highway 19, Port Hardy is the largest community on Northern Vancouver Island and has the distinction of being the gateway to Cape Scott Provincial Park. Port Hardy is also an important terminus of the BC Ferries Inside Passage and Discovery Coast Passage routes.
The town sits on a grassy hill overlooking Hardy Bay, a charming and protected natural harbour.
While Port Hardy owes its beginnings to the Fishing, Logging, and Mining industries, the community has also embraced its potential as a popular travel destination.
Attractions of Port Hardy
Dubbed as one of the best cold-water scuba diving destinations in the world! Dazzling displays of corals, sponges, and anemones await. The emerald waters surrounding Northern Vancouver Island play host and home to over 7,000 species of invertebrates, hundreds of fish species, and more than 30 marine mammals.
The community of Port Hardy celebrates its founding industries, by an annual festival called FILOMI Days (an acronym for fishing, logging, and mining). Artists and crafters display their work, along with live music entertainment in Carrot Park, a parade, and a fun run or walk.
Fishing Charters are popular from Port Hardy with trips often yielding record weighing Coho Salmon. Other species of fish include Halibut, Ling Cod, and Snapper. Port Hardy is also the stepping off point for remote wilderness fresh and salt water fishing destinations such as Rivers Inlet, and Milbanke Sound.
From Port Hardy, tours are available to see the diverse wildlife which abounds in this region of British Columbia including black bears, killer whales, humpback whales, sea otters, birds, deer, Roosevelt elk, wolves, and cougars.
Port Hardy is a great starting point for the many hiking trails which are publicly accessible by an extensive network of logging roads. Raft Cove Provincial Park, San Josef Bay, and various locations in Cape Scott Provincial Park are popular hiking destinations.
Port Hardy covers a wide range of services for visitors from hotels and motels, shopping centres, restaurants, two marinas, camping and RV sites, banks, Post Office and more. Market Street is the main road of Port Hardy and the shopping facilities are basically concentrated to a 4 block radius of the main street.